Fight Osteoporosis At Any Age!


If you think osteoporosis is an “old lady’s problem”, you need to re-evaluate your thinking! Sure, it is most noticeable in older women, but there are more subtle signs in women who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Luckily, since you are a savvy, modern gal, you’ve found this article that can gives you a few weapons in fighting the onset of osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?

It is a disease that settles in to the bones, mainly in women.  Osteoporosis is when the bone density becomes thinner, which means the bones also become weaker. Broken bones are usually the first sign that a woman has osteoporosis, even though symptoms might have appeared earlier and gone unnoticed.

What causes osteoporosis?

There are several factors that can combine to give you a higher chance of developing osteoporosis. But since it is a disease that develops over time, it can also be prevented with good health care.

Osteoporosis factors:

Age

Genetics (did you mother or grandmother have it?)

Diet

Exercise

Regular medical exams (lack of puts you in at higher risk)

Cigarette smoking

Excessive alcohol intake

Small body structure

Low estrogen levels

Arthritis

Bone density builds as a woman ages to her mid twenties. Once she reaches age 25 or so, the bone mass stops building and will remain strong, as long as the diet remains healthy. When women hit their mid thirties, then the bone will gradually start to lose density. Some studies show that a poor diet or one high in coffee and soda instead of milk makes the bone density erode faster.

Osteoporosis develops much faster after menopause in women. In moderate cases, calcium supplements can help prevent the gradual loss of bone density. Prescription medicine can help in a larger way. Exercise, especially small weights and resistance training, helps keeps bones strong.

So how can you tell if you have osteoporosis or the early signs of it? Do you have back pain, bone pain or bone tenderness? They could be an early sign of changing bone tissue. If the pain becomes bothersome or gets worse, consult with your doctor right away.

Diagnosis

The doctor will listen to your concerns and depending on your family history and other risk factors, he may run some tests. They could include a bone density scan or even an X-ray. Once the results come back, the doctor may simply prescribe calcium tablets, a prescription to prevent further bone loss and a change of lifestyle. Lifestyle changes may include eating calcium rich foods, such as dairy products, broccoli and cheeses. You might need to add more walking in to your weekly routine. You might also need to cut back on alcohol or caffeine intake.

Luckily, osteoporosis can be caught early with routine medical care. A doctor might suggest a bone scan in your early 40s or even late 30s if there is a family history of the disease. You can also opt to have a bone scan as a preventative measure to check your bones and not wait for pain or symptoms to appear.

Calcium buildup can increase at any age, not only after you’ve been diagnosed! Get out there and have a glass of milk…or a dish of ice cream. Say it’s for your health if someone asks!


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